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[skam-per] /ˈskæm pər/
verb (used without object)
to run or go hastily or quickly.
to run playfully about, as a child.
a scampering; a quick run.
Origin of scamper
1680-90; obsolete scamp to go (see scamp) + -er6 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for scamper
Historical Examples
  • Let it but scamper across the corner, and at once it is discovered.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Bannock barked for joy also, and struggled up to scamper back to his master.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • How Miss Bella Curtis did scamper for her two cents to pay the postman!

    The Little Nightcap Letters. Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • Either we will gloriously take them, or they will limber up and scamper after Jackson.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Just as we were undress'd and going to bed, the Gentlemen arrived, and we had to scamper.

  • And a very blooming boy he looked, after that mysterious morning scamper.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • To see them scamper when the boat whistled was a sight to be remembered.

  • Then somebody pulled the revolver from the other hand and there was a scamper of feet.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • A scamper of feet fetched me out of my berth and up on deck.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Let the young colt have a scamper,” said Dr. Carter; “it will do her good.

    Peggy in Her Blue Frock Eliza Orne White
British Dictionary definitions for scamper


verb (intransitive)
to run about playfully
(often foll by through) to hurry quickly through (a place, task, book, etc)
the act of scampering
Derived Forms
scamperer, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from scamp (vb); see scamp1
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Word Origin and History for scamper

"to run quickly," 1680s, probably from Flemish schampeeren, frequentative of schampen "run away," from Old North French escamper (Old French eschamper) "to run away, flee, quit the battlefield, escape," from Vulgar Latin *excampare "decamp," literally "leave the field," from Latin ex campo, from ex "out of" (see ex-) + campo, ablative of campus "field" (see campus). A vogue word late 17c. Related: Scampered; scampering. The noun is 1680s, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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